Why We Need Genetic Research: Application (Part 3)

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Welcome back to the ‘Why We Need Genetic Research’ series! Today we will be talking about how this research can be applied. If you missed the first post about the history of genetic research, I will link it here. Similarly, if you missed the last post about the importance of genetic research, it will be linked here. Genetic research specific to the human body has numerous different applications. The field of Genetics has allowed for scientists to control the environment and the world around us. Continue reading

The Plastic Straw Debate

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Did you know that plastic straws are being banned all across the world? That sounds like an amazing thing for the environment and wildlife. Don’t get me wrong, it is, but in the process, this straw ban is harming millions of disabled people. Most people are able to drink a beverage with or without a straw. It is just a matter of preference. However, for disabled people who have problems in dexterity, holding weight, or need to have their carers help them drink, this poses a huge problem. Straws are an integral way to allow someone to drink any type of beverage, with little difficulty. This ban is literally making drinking impossible for people. Continue reading

The Chronically Care Project

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I am very excited to be able to do a feature on of my best friends today. Her name is Claire and she created the Chronically Care Project. This is the next company that is going on my ‘Top Related Causes Page’. This project is hosted by the Chronically Beautiful, Claire’s blog. She handmakes fleece blankets and gives them away every other week in a giveaway hosted on her Instagram and Facebook pages. Continue reading

Why Advocacy Matters: A Collaboration

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Advocating. What does that exactly mean? Merriam-Webster describes advocacy as one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group. An advocate’s goal is to create change where it is needed. Whether this is to promote a change in legislation, public opinion, or to create an environment of support, an advocate fights for their cause. There is not just one type of advocate either. Continue reading

Is Disability A Bad Word?

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In mid April of this year, Clover Moore, the Sydney Lord Mayor, is considering making the word disabled a bad thing. She is being advised by the City Council who is currently trying to modernize their disability policies. The Council advises that the word disability will soon become as bad as the ‘n’ word today. This is offensive to many groups of people and honestly doesn’t relate to the topic. Continue reading

Anxiety and It’s Effects During Pregnancy

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It is widely known that mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression have a genetic base. After writing my article “The Missing Link?”, I began to wonder if anxiety itself has more of a complicated starting, specifically during pregnancy. The goal in doing this research was also founded by the fact that my brother and I were born by an extremely anxious mother. Continue reading

The CDC “Highlights” Opiate guidelines

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The Opiate Crisis. What a toll it has taken on not only my health and well being, but the health and even lives of countless individuals across the United States. The CDC just issued a warning and apology against the misuse of the guidelines that so many doctors and pharmacists have been treating like the law. The thing is, it is not a guideline if people from the CDC are actually coming to the doctors offices and checking in on them. Continue reading

Chronic Illness Linkup: May Edition

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May’s Chronic Illness Linkup by A Chronic Voice has started! I enjoyed participating in last month’s linkup so much that I decided to make this a monthly thing. It seemed like you all appreciated it as well, so why not? The topics for this month are regrouping, investigating, boosting, setting, and reviving. In case this is your first time here, let me quickly explain what a linkup is. On Twitter, @AChVoice hosts a blog link submission page, in which a chronic illness blogger writes about at least three of the topics for that month. The goal is to meet other chronically ill people and look at each other’s blog. Continue reading

AWARE Necklaces

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I wanted to introduce everyone to the newest company that is going up on ‘My Top Related Causes‘ page. The opportunity was presented to me to work with AWARE causes recently. Pierson Williams, the founder of the company, came up with the idea of creating a necklace to raise awareness for mental health. This was because of the way he was exposed to the topic as a child. His mom battles with depression and as a kid, mental health was something normal to talk about and deal with. However, when he grew up, Pierson was astounded to find out that not many people knew of or talked openly about mental health. Continue reading

Learning Disabilities: An Interview

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I have not touched on learning disabilities on this blog yet. Many of you would be to surprised to know that I actually have a diagnosed learning disability as well. My anxiety causes a learning disability in which I forget any and all information when I am put on the spot such as taking a test. It is classified as an emotional disability where my emotionality interferes with my learning ability. Continue reading